We love the candy hearts, the red roses, and the candlelight dinners that have become synonymous with Valentine’s Day. But we also know that Valentine’s Day is about more than candy and flowers. It’s about sharing the love. Here are eight ways you can get more involved in the community, at the office and with charities.
1. Attend Town Hall Meetings
One of the best ways to get involved in your community is to get informed. City meetings are generally open to the public. Join committees and causes that you feel passionate about and be the first to know what’s going on in your city.
2. Coach Your Kid’s Team
Get involved in your kid’s life and serve the community by coaching a kids’ sports team. Don’t know anything about the game? Start with an assistant coaching position. AYSO estimates that coaches will need to devote about six hours a week to their duties.
3. Give to a Blood Drive
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. So what better way to share the love than to give a life-saving gift? Go to the American Red Cross to search for a blood drive near you.
4. Fulfill a Teacher’s Wish List
If you are short on time, but want to make a personalized donation, then DonorsChoose.org may be the site for you. It lets you search for teacher requests by subject and location, making it possible to choose exactly what your donation goes to. And you’re giving back to the school system as well!
5. Organize a Walking Group
In honor of American Heart Month, organize a lunchtime or after work walking group at your office. Get acquainted with new coworkers and bring awareness to heart health.
6. Host a Healthy Food Drive
A lot of junk food ends up in food drive cans, but the reality is, there are a lot of healthier non-perishable items too. Host a healthy food drive and encourage participants to bring in whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, low sodium soups, beans and canned tuna.
7. Volunteer at the Library
Many libraries need volunteers to sort book donations. The time commitment is typically minimal, starting at around three hours per week. Can’t donate your time? Then donate some books! Write down an inspirational quote on a piece of paper and insert it between the pages to give the reader a motivational surprise.
8. Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week
Valentine’s Day falls during Random Acts of Kindness Week, which is Feb. 9 – 15. Take this opportunity to spread the love any way you can, from simple gestures to big surprises. Here are 22 random acts of kindness to get you started.